Welcome to the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W), our major collaborative endeavour to address what it probably the greatest challenge facing human civilisation and the future of many of the species on planet Earth.

I took over the role of Director from Professor Mike Hambrey on 1st September 2010. Mike has been Acting Director since the beginning of the C3W project and was instrumental in bringing the original idea for the collaboration into being. The Executive Committee of C3W recognise Mike’s vision in bringing us together in the first place and his perseverance during a long and arduous birth process.

Formed from multi-disciplinary research teams of four Welsh Universities, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea, and with the engagement of support at Vice-Chancellor level, C3W was officially launched on 25th March 2010 with an opening address in Swansea by Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Housing and the Environment, Jane Davidson AM. C3W receives financial support from WAG, through the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and extra support from the Countryside Council for Wales. Our mission is:

(i)  to improve our fundamental understanding of the causes, nature, timing and consequences of climate change on Planet Earth’s environment and on humanity, and

(ii) to reconfigure climate research in Wales as a recognisable centre of excellence on the world stage.

Professor Scourse’s research includes using the rings on long-lived Arctic mollusc shells to understand our changing climate

Wales already has great strengths in diverse areas of climate and climate change research and C3W provides us with a practical and supportive framework within which we can strengthen existing collaborative effort and stimulate new research initiatives.  Climate change is a hugely controversial topic. In C3W we seek to provide, and to generate, balanced and evidence-based research to underpin policy advice and initiatives. Above all we seek to strengthen our understanding of the processes that drive climate change so as to inform decisions on how to reduce its adverse impacts on our planet.We hope you will lend your support by engaging with us and helping to raise the level of understanding about climate change amongst your communities, networks and friends.